After 57 years, the queen’s lingerie supplier, Rigby and Peller have been stripped of its royal warrant. The company was founded in London in 1939; June Kenton and her husband purchased the company for $20,000 in 1982 and she started doing fittings for The Queen that same year.
Why was the royal warrant removed? Former owner, June Kenton wrote a memoir where she discussed fittings at the palace. The title of the 82-year-old’s book is Storm in D-Cup.
Since proudly sending her book to Buckingham Palace and receiving the snub from the Lord Chamberlin, Mrs Kenton has said it was never her intent to offend anyone: “It is very sad for me that they didn’t like it and I’m finding that very difficult to accept. It’s horrible and a real shock.
“I never ever thought when I was writing the book that it would upset anyone. I’ve had the royal warrant for so long I never imagined that this would happen.”
In her memoir, Kenton talked about her fittings with The Queen. She would be half-dressed and her corgis would often be present. Kenton also talked about how when she’d do fittings for Princess Diana, she’d accept posters of models in lingerie for her sons whilst they attended Eaton.
Mrs Kenton was adamant that she never discussed anything of a private nature about any of her clients: “I have never discussed anything of a personal nature with any of my clients, and I never would. The book doesn’t contain anything naughty,” she said.
“But it’s a fact I have done work for the Queen, there would be a gaping hole in my autobiography if I didn’t mention it.
“I’m coming towards the end of my life, I’m 82, so it is what is it, there is nothing I can do.”
Russell Tanguay, director of warrants at the Royal Warrant Holders Association, confirmed yesterday that the Knightsbridge-based retailer had lost its warrant. He stated that companies are granted a window of time in which to remove the royal coat of arms. The coat of arms must be removed from any promotional material and from all shop signs at their seven London locations.
Mrs Kenton doesn’t regret writing her autobiography; in fact, she’s proud of her life’s work.
She added: “It is a personal tale and there is nothing in it which is upsetting, it’s a gentle book.
“I can’t even begin to explain, I didn’t do it with the intention of upsetting anyone. I’m proud of my life and what I’ve achieved and I simply wanted to share that.”
When asked about Rigby and Peller, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “In respect of Royal Warrants, we never comment on individual companies.”